By Fred SmithPosted
More often than not when people long for the earliest church they have in mind an ideal that never existed. Almost from the beginning, it was tested with schisms, false teaching, infighting, [...]
In 1985, five people met for the first time in Arlington, Virginia, with a very simple agenda.
They were all engaged in Christian philanthropy and wanted to create a group of like-minded individuals to serve as a resource, a source of spiritual encouragement and a sounding board of peers. They wanted to set aside a time each year to find a safe, neutral place to relax, talk and learn – and to hopefully bring their families. And so The Gathering began.
The mission and purpose of The Gathering has now grown to include our annual conference of a few hundred people across multiple generations, as well as regional get-togethers and ministry trips throughout the year.